Current NBA The Best NBA Centers Right Now  

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List Rules Only current NBA centers. No retired or collegiate players

The best current NBA centers aren't just the best men in the National Basketball Association to play the five position the best but also among the overall best current NBA Players. These pivot players are often times the stars of their respective NBA teams as they sink the shots from in the paint, grab the rebounds, and set screens. While we could argue all day about whether the center position is the most important on a basketball team, few will disagree that these men are the best centers currently in the NBA.

While DeMarcus Cousins might be the overwhelming favorite as the best center in the NBA, that doesn't mean there are not many other great NBA centers in the league today. Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Joakim Noah, and Hassan Whiteside all come to mind as the top centers in the NBA today. So do the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Brook Lopez, Joel Embiid, and Al Horford.

Not just the top five centers in the NBA, this list has all the current players at this position. So whether you're a fan of the superstars like Howard and Cousins or the great centers that don't get as much love, like Rudy Gobert, Robin Lopez, and Steven Adams, each is quite valuable to their respective teams. Who do you think is the best current NBA center? Vote below, add more players or re-rank this list in your order, all below! When you're done ranking here, head over and rank the best wing players in the NBA too!

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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Golden State Warriors DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball at the ...more

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
LaSagnaBall added Philadelphia 76ers Joel-Hans Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. The 76ers drafted Embiid third overall in the 2014 ...more

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Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the French national basketball team in the ...more

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1,462 1,287
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Detroit Pistons Andre Jamal Drummond is an American professional basketball player who plays with the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was one of the top rated basketball players in ...more

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1,279 1,558
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Boston Celtics Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of ...more

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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 ...more

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DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Dallas Mavericks Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for ...more

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Washington Wizards Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high ...more

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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team ...more

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and ...more

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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Funaki Adams is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. After playing college basketball for ...more

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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Miami Heat Hassan Niam Whiteside is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Marshall ...more

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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
New Jersey Nets Brook Lopez is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He is the twin brother of basketball player Robin ...more

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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Toronto Raptors Jonas Valančiūnas is a Lithuanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He is a member of the Lithuanian national ...more

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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
surag added Philadelphia 76ers Nikola Vučević is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of ...more

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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Houston Rockets Clint N'Dumba-Capela is a Swiss professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On June 26, 2014, Capela was selected with the 25th overall ...more

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
San Antonio Spurs Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a ...more

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Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Utah Jazz Enes Kanter is a Turkish professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 11 in, he plays at the center position.

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Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah is a film producer.

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Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Los Angeles Lakers Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler was the second ...more

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Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Detroit Pistons Gregory Keith Monroe, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted by the Pistons in the ...more

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a three-time All-Star and holds the ...more

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Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Phoenix Suns Marcin Gortat is a Polish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. The 6 ft 11 in, 240-pound center is the son of ...more

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Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Indiana Pacers Myles Christian Turner (born March 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season for the Texas ...more

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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Los Angeles Lakers JaVale Lindy McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 18th overall by ...more

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Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Portland Trail Blazers Jusuf Nurkić is a Bosnian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 11 in tall and weighing 280 lb the ...more

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Nenê is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Houston Rockets Nenê (born September 13, 1982) is a Brazilian professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His birth name was Maybyner Rodney ...more

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Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Oklahoma City Thunder Nerlens Noel is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. His collegiate basketball career ended in his ...more

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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Michael Rogers added Toronto Raptors Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila is a Congolese-Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. Ibaka was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder's ...more

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Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Cleveland Cavaliers Tristan Trevor James Thompson is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He played one season of college ...more

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Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
New Orleans Pelicans Jahlil Okafor (born December 15, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played his freshman season of ...more

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Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
JoeAzar added Sacramento Kings Willie Cauley-Stein is an American college basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats.

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Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Chicago Bulls Robin Byron Lopez is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He was selected with the 15th pick in ...more

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Aron Baynes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
igor88 added Boston Celtics Aron John Baynes (born 9 December 1986) is a New Zealand-born Australian professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended the ...more

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Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
JoeAzar added Charlotte Bobcats Bismack Biyombo Sumba is a Congolese professional basketball center with the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 ...more

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Kelly Olynyk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
JoeAzar added Miami Heat Kelly Tyler Olynyk is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. He was an NCAA All-American while playing for ...more

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Zaza Pachulia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Atlanta Hawks Zaza Pachulia is a Georgian professional basketball player who currently plays for Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He was born as Zaur Pachulia, but his first name was ...more

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Derrick Favors is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Utah Jazz Derrick Bernard Favors is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. Favors played college basketball for Georgia ...more

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Alex Len is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Atlanta Hawks Oleksiy "Alex" Len is a Ukrainian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Before being drafted, he played two ...more

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Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
JoeAzar added Charlotte Hornets Francis Stanley "Frank" Kaminsky III is a senior power forward basketball player for the Wisconsin Badgers. Kaminsky attended Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. He currently holds the ...more

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Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Orlando Magic Timofey Pavlovich Mozgov is a Russian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is 7 feet 1 inch tall and weighs ...more

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Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Rusty Shackelford added Charlotte Hornets Cody Allen Zeller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Indiana ...more

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Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Minnesota Timberwolves Gorgui Sy Dieng is a Senegalese professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. Gorgui means "the old one" in ...more

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Thon Maker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
igor88 added Milwaukee Bucks Thon Marial Maker is a Sudanese-born Australian professional basketball player.

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Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
arnas added Miami Heat Edrice "Bam" Adebayo is an American professional basketball player.

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Tyler Zeller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Milwaukee Bucks Tyler Paul Zeller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. He is the nephew of former NBA player Al ...more

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Jarrett Allen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Brooklyn Nets Jarrett Allen (born April 21, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets for the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Texas ...more

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Boban Marjanović is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
igor88 added Los Angeles Clippers Boban "Bobi" Marjanović is a Serbian professional basketball player who plays for Crvena zvezda Belgrade of the Serbian League. He also represented the Serbian national basketball team ...more

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John Henson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
JoeAzar added Milwaukee Bucks John Allen Henson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more